Biophysical Society Newsletter - August 2016

Newsletter AUGUST 2016 Jane Dyson Named next Editor-in-Chief of Biophysical Journal


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The Biophysical Society and Biophysical Journal are pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Dyson as the Journal’s next Editor-in-Chief, effective July 1, 2017, when Les Loew completes his five-year term in that position. “It’s a great honor to be selected as Editor-in- Chief of Biophysical Journal . I’m looking forward to working with the premier journal in biophys- ics, and to interacting with the Journal staff and Society members to maintain and enhance the Journal’s high standards. It’s a big challenge, and I’m excited to begin,” commented Dyson. Dyson is a professor in the Department of Inte- grative Structural and Computational Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, where her re- search focuses on the understanding of how the amino acid sequence of a protein determines its final folded structure and the understanding of enzyme and protein function through study of structure and dynamics. She uses NMR spectros- copy to study structure and dynamics, as well as mass spectrometry, and equilibrium and kinetic CD and fluorescence spectroscopy. Additionally, molecular cloning techniques are used to prepare labeled proteins in the amounts necessary for structural studies by NMR. Biophysical Society President Suzanne Scarlata calls her “an incred- ible biophysicist who will certainly continue to bring quality science and prestige to the Journal.”

Dyson received her PhD in inorganic chem- istry from the Universi- ty of Sydney, Australia,

where she also did her undergraduate work in biochemistry. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Insti- tute of Technology and from 1979 to 1984 was a UNESCO Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales. Jane Dyson

Dyson will be the 15th and first woman editor of the Biophysical Journal . She is well-known for her groundbreaking work with intrinsically dis- ordered proteins and has published extensively on this and other topics in more than 260 peer- reviewed papers and book chapters. In addition, she has served on numerous editorial boards and as guest editor for several journal publications, including Peptide Research , Folding and Design , Journal of Magnetic Resonance , Biopolymers , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Comprehensive Biophysics , and Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics . Her experience as a member of the Biophysical Journal Editorial Board will serve her well in her new role, as will her service as a faculty representative on the Scripps Library Committee, which grapples with current chal- lenges in scholarly publishing.

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